BlockX dApp Store

The BlockX dApp store is a revenue-per-transaction model, which allows developers to get payed for deploying their decentralized application (dApps) on BlockX. Developers generate revenue, every time a user interacts with their dApp in the dApp store, gaining them a steady income.

Users can discover new applications in the dApp store and pay for the transaction fees that finance the dApp's revenue. This value-reward exchange of dApp services for transaction fees is implemented by the x/feesplit module.


Developers register their application in the dApp store by registering their application's smart contracts. Any contract can be registered by a developer by submitting a signed transaction.

The signer of this transaction must match the address of the deployer of the contract in order for the registration to succeed. After the transaction is executed successfully, the developer will start receiving a portion of the transaction fees paid when a user interacts with the registered contract.

If your contract is part of a developer project, please ensure that the deployer of the contract (or the factory that deployes the contract) is an account that is owned by that project. This avoids the situation, that an individual deployer who leaves your project could become malicious.

Fee Distribution

As described above, developers will earn a portion of the transaction fee after registering their contracts. To understand how transaction fees are distributed, we look at the following two things in detail:

  • The transactions eligible are only EVM transactions (MsgEthereumTx). Cosmos SDK transactions are not eligible at this time.

  • The registration of factory contracts (smart contracts that have been deployed by other contracts) requires the identification original contract's deployer. This is done through address derivation.

EVM Transaction Fees

Users pay transaction fees to pay interact with smart contracts using the EVM. When a transaction is executed, the entire fee amount (gasLimit * gasPrice) is sent to the FeeCollector module account during the Cosmos SDK AnteHandler execution. After the EVM executes the transaction, the user receives a refund of (gasLimit - gasUsed) * gasPrice. In result a user pays a total transaction fee of txFee = gasUsed * gasPrice for the execution.

This transaction fee is distributed between developers and validators, in accordance with the x/feesplit module parameters: DeveloperShares, ValidatorShares. This distribution is handled through the EVM's PostTxProcessing Hook.

Address Derivation

dApp developers might use a factory pat to implement their application logic through smart contracts. In this case a smart contract can be either deployed by an Externally Owned Account (EOA): an account controlled by a private key, that can sign transactions) or through another contract.

In both cases, the fee distribution requires the identification a deployer address that is an EOA address, unless a withdrawal address is set by the contract deployer during registration to receive transaction fees for a registered smart contract. If a withdrawal address is not set, it defaults to the deployer’s address.

The identification of the deployer address is done through address derivation. When registering a smart contract, the deployer provides an array of nonces, used to derive the contract’s address:

  • If MyContract is deployed directly by DeployerEOA, in a transaction sent with nonce 5, then the array of nonces is [5].

  • If the contract was created by a smart contract, through the CREATE opcode, we need to provide all the nonces from the creation path. E.g. if DeployerEOA deploys a FactoryA smart contract with nonce 5. Then, DeployerEOA sends a transaction to FactoryA through which a FactoryB smart contract is created. If we assume FactoryB is the second contract created by FactoryA, then FactoryA's nonce is 2. Then, DeployerEOA sends a transaction to the FactoryB contract, through which MyContract is created. If this is the first contract created by FactoryB - the nonce is 1. We now have an address derivation path of DeployerEOA -> FactoryA -> FactoryB -> MyContract. To be able to verify that DeployerEOA can register MyContract, we need to provide the following nonces: [5, 2, 1].

Even if MyContract is created from FactoryB through a transaction sent by an account different from DeployerEOA, only DeployerEOA can register MyContract.

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